Toboggan Pace Critical for Bishop Court Hill

The quick Bishop Court Hill should be the one to beat in Saturday's $100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III) for sprinters at Aqueduct, but the outcome could be determined early.

Kazoo, breaking from the rail with Richard Migliore aboard in the six-furlong event, has Bishop Court Hill and Jose Santos just to the outside. The Toboggan result could depend on how the likely Todd Pletcher-trained favorite handles the early stages of the sprint, which has attracted six starters.

In the Jan. 28 Paumonok, Melnyk Racing Stables' Bishop Court Hill was able to establish a fairly comfortable lead. Spooky Mulder chased him from start to finish but could not get by the 6-year-old son of Holy Bull who registered his first stakes win in his ninth try.

A speed duel between Kazoo and Bishop Court Hill could help out closers like High Blitz, Primary Suspect and Wild Jam.

Where exactly longshot Gravesend (gr. III) winner Banjo Picker fits into the equation could also be key. He wired the field from an inside post in the Gravesend, but may be just a step slower than Kazoo and Bishop Court Hill early. Prior to his last two races, Banjo Picker's style had been to rally from just off the pace.

$100,000 Toboggan Handicap (gr. III), 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight
1. Kazoo, Richard Dutrow Jr., Richard Migliore, 114
2. Bishop Court Hill, Todd Pletcher, Jose Santos, 117
3. Primary Suspect, Mark Hennig, Pablo Fragoso, 115
4. Banjo Picker, Steve Krebs, Tara Hemmings, 116
5. High Blitz, Justin Nixon, Ramon Dominguez, 114
6. Wild Jam, Ben Perkins Jr., Eibar Coa, 115